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    Sievers in court after judge rules he can't hand-pick death penalty lawyer

    By Patrick Riley
    Naples Daily News

    Mark Sievers, who is accused of orchestrating the 2015 killing of his wife, Teresa, made a brief appearance in Lee County Circuit Court in Fort Myers on Thursday after a judge ruled Wednesday that Sievers' lawyers could not hand-pick a public, death-qualified attorney to help represent their client.

    After the state attorney's office announced in June that prosecutors would be seeking the death penalty against Sievers, his private defense attorneys, Michael Mummert and Antonio Faga, filed a motion in late December asking Lee Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle to appoint Gregory J. Messore, a death-qualified criminal trial attorney, as Sievers' co-counsel.

    Mummert and Faga argued in their Dec. 29 motion that although Sievers was being represented by private lawyers, his case "is an exceptional circumstance where court-appointed counsel is necessary and constitutionally required."

    The motion asked Kyle to appoint Messore to Sievers' case, "not merely because Mr. Sievers is unable to bear the costs of retaining two lawyers, but because the Defendant's Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel mandates Mr. Messore's appointment." Sievers had paid Mummert and Faga at the onset of his case but has run out of money since his February 2016 arrest, his lawyers argued last year.

    But Kyle, who in November had declared Sievers "indigent," or unable to pay for certain expenses associated with the trial, issued an order Wednesday that if Sievers wished to be considered for an appointed co-counsel, he would have to be willing to accept "appointed counsel as provided for by statute."

    "Defendant has no entitlement to appointed counsel of his choice," Kyle wrote.

    During Thursday's status hearing, where Sievers appeared in court for less than five minutes, Kyle reiterated Wednesday's order.

    "The statutes are in place," Kyle said. "If he wants a death-certified appointed lawyer, he needs to go through the same process as everybody else does."

    In Wednesday's order, Kyle outlined the process: First, a public defender is appointed. If the public defender has a conflict, then regional counsel is appointed. If regional counsel has a conflict, then a private counsel from the registry of attorneys who have entered into a contract with the Judicial Administrative Commission, a taxpayer-funded organization that provides administrative services on behalf of judicial-related entities, is appointed.

    Mummert said he asked Kyle to appoint Messore because his team works well with him.

    "We filed our motion because this was someone with whom we have a good working relationship," Mummert said after Thursday's hearing. "We're going to be faced with the unknown now, and there's always a bit of trepidation when you don't know who it is that we're working with."

    Jimmy Ray Rodgers, who is one of two Missouri men accused of carrying out the killing of Sievers' wife, appeared before Kyle moments before Sievers to schedule his next case management hearing during a similarly brief appearance.

    Sievers, 48, was arrested about six months after the arrests of his childhood friend Curtis Wayne Wright, 48, and Rodgers, 26, were announced. In May 2016, a Lee County grand jury indicted Sievers and Rodgers on first-degree murder charges in the

    June 2015 killing of Teresa Sievers. Mark Sievers and Rodgers have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Wright pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

    Investigators believe Mark Sievers coordinated with Wright to kill Teresa Sievers at the couple’s home in Bonita Springs. The indictments say Wright then enlisted the help of Rodgers to commit the crime.

    Teresa Sievers, a well-known doctor in Southwest Florida, was found bludgeoned to death at her home the day after she returned from a family trip to New York. Her husband and the couple’s two daughters were in Connecticut at the time she was killed.

    Mark Sievers and Rodgers are scheduled to appear again in court for a case management hearing May 4.

    http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news...wyer/98151058/
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    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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    Text messages released in Sievers murder case

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    LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Tens of thousands of text messages from a phone belonging to Mark Sievers were released by the State Attorney's Office Wednesday afternoon.

    Sievers is accused of planning the murder of his wife, Dr. Teresa Sievers. Investigators believe it was carried out by Sievers' childhood best friend, Curtis Wayne Wright, and Wright's acquaintance Jimmy Rodgers at the Sievers' home in Bonita Springs in June 2015.

    The release of these text messages came just days after a judge ruled on Mark Sievers' defense attorney's motion to compel the state to share evidence connected to the case that was previously unavailable.

    ABC7 requested the evidence released by the motion; while some of the cell phone records received were included in that, prosecutors also said the rest of the documents would not be made available through public record.

    The messages cover several years of Mark's life and show what appeared to be a loving relationship between Mark and Teresa, with a lot of messages exchanged right up until about a year before Teresa's death.

    There was little indication of a rocky relationship but as the years go by, the texting became less frequent.

    One person who never strayed far from Mark's inbox was Wright.

    In 2014, Wright texted Sievers, wondering why he had called. Sievers texted back, "nothing honey, just checking to see what's up with you."

    In another text, Sievers asks Wright, "how's everything going, baby?"

    A lot of the messages between Mark and Teresa also focus around the couple's medical practice, and more conversations between Mark and Wright focus on Wright's work as the couple's IT resource for the office.

    Around and after the time of Teresa's death, the conversations on the phone between Sievers and Wright are often times redacted by the prosecution.

    ABC7 uncovered a list of 48 names that attorneys for Mark plan to take depositions from Thursday.

    The defense team also filed a motion adding new co-counsel — Gregory Messore, a death-penalty-qualified attorney.

    Rodgers and Mark will both be in court Thursday.

    Get More: Cell phone records

    The hard driver containing the cell phone records had been the focus of a court fight.

    Attorneys for Rodgers and Sievers claimed they weren't given access to the drive, and prosecutors claimed it couldn't be copied but made arrangements for the defense teams to see it.

    Just last week, the judge ruled in favor of the defense, ordering a copy be made.

    The third defendant, Curtis Wayne Wright, took a plea deal in February and received a 25-year sentence. He's now the state's key witness against Sievers.

    The children

    The murder of Teresa and the arrest of Mark left two young girls without a parent to take care of them.

    They were there as authorities hauled their father off to jail.

    Mark tried to retain his parental rights but the attorney appointed to represent the girls fought that.

    Teresa's mother eventually got custody.

    http://www.abc-7.com/story/35335936/...rs-murder-case
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    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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    Lee judge in Sievers homicide case frustrated by pretrial delays

    By Patrick Riley
    Naples Daily News

    A trial for Mark Sievers and Jimmy Ray Rodgers, who are accused of orchestrating and carrying out, respectively, the June 2015 slaying of Sievers' wife, appears to be far off.

    Evidence-sharing issues between the defense and prosecution are slowing the pretrial process.

    Lee Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle expressed his growing frustration with the pace of the case and the fact that depositions had not yet been conducted.

    "I expect depos to be done; I expect them to be set and done before we meet each other next time," Kyle said Friday during a case management conference for Sievers and Rogers, who were both shackled and dressed in orange jumpsuits, in the Fort Myers courtroom.

    "Something needs to be done. Absolutely nothing has been done."

    Siever's attorney, Michael Mummert, said his team still was sorting out issues with discovery, a pretrial evidence-sharing process between the defense and prosecution.

    More than 4,000 pages of discovery documents are missing, he said.

    "We are going to request that additional discovery," Mummert told Kyle. "Or if it's just a numbering error, that's important to know."

    When Kathleen Fitzgeorge, public defender for Rodgers, mentioned that her team, too, was running into issues with discovery and that setting depositions this year was "not even in the realm of possibility" at the current pace, Kyle again chastised the lawyers.

    "It's been two years," Kyle said. "And we've done nothing."

    Fitzgeorge took issue with those comments and said the judge should recuse himself.

    "You're undermining my relationship with my client," Fitzgeorge fired back, "by constantly telling him that I'm doing nothing when that is so far from the truth."

    Kyle ordered both Mummert and Fitzgeorge to meet with prosecutors to resolve any issues and begin taking depositions before the next hearing in September.

    It's important to do depositions right the first time, Mummert said after the hearing.

    "One of the things we don't want to do is take a premature deposition," he said. "If we do that, then we have to go back and ask permission to take another deposition, and there's no guarantee we'll get the permission."

    Mummert said he expects to conduct about 100 depositions but added that could change.

    Authorities say Sievers, 49, coordinated the killing of his wife, Teresa, with childhood friend Curtis Wayne Wright, 48, who enlisted the help of Rodgers, 27, to carry out the slaying.

    Teresa Sievers, a well-known doctor in Southwest Florida, was found bludgeoned to death at her Bonita Springs home the day after she returned from a family trip to New York. Her husband and the couple’s two daughters were in Connecticut at the time she was killed.

    Wright has pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

    Mark Sievers and Rodgers are scheduled to appear for a ninth case management conference Sept. 20.

    http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news...ues/463735001/
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    No ruling made by judge in Sievers children case


    By Melissa Montoya
    news-press.com

    Judge Robert J. Branning made no decision after listening to an hour of testimony Tuesday about why the Sievers children shouldn't be moved to Connecticut.

    The hearing was a continuation from June 7 when Mary Ann Groves, Dr. Teresa Sievers' mother, petitioned the court to have the two girls move to Connecticut.

    It is not known when a decision will be made.

    After an hour of testimony from Jennie Weckelman, the stepmother of Mark Sievers, and from Mark Sievers himself, the judge cleared the courtroom to hear a motion to intervene on the paternal side of the family. Attorneys and family members declined to say what was discussed after they exited the courtroom.

    The two girls, ages 9 and 12, spent a portion of the summer in Connecticut.

    That's where Weckelman said she had a hard time arranging for a visit while she visited her daughter in Connecticut.

    But Groves denied that. Groves said it was up to Weckelman to find an appropriate supervisor for the visit.

    Mark Sievers, who testified, said he felt that if the girls moved to Connecticut it would be difficult for his side of the family to keep in contact with them.

    "They expressed they don't wish to go to Connecticut," Mark Sievers said.

    Mark Sievers also testified that a family member told the girls she believed he was guilty in the slaying of his wife.

    "It's on a recorded call," Mark Sievers said. Mark Sievers testified he spoke with his two daughters 13 times in June and 15 times in July.

    Groves wants the girls moved to Connecticut because the notoriety of their mother's death is affecting them, she said.

    The girls found out their grandmother wanted them to move because of the media.

    "I didn't tell them because I didn't know what the outcome was going to be," Groves said.

    "The girls have to be able to build a life that's normal. That's all I want them to do," she said.

    Mark Sievers was arrested in February 2016 and charged in the homicide of his wife. She was found dead in her home in June 2015.

    A friend of Mark Sievers has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her death. A third man, Jimmy Rodgers, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death.

    Authorities accuse Mark Sievers of orchestrating his wife's death.

    http://www.news-press.com/story/news...cut/556800001/
    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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